I Want it Now: Popcorn Popper

A Feteful Life: Popcorn popperI’ve been on a huge popcorn kick lately – buttered, kettle corn, caramel… it doesn’t matter, I love it all. I’ve been making the microwave variety or buying the bagged stuff but this awesome popcorn popper would definitely up my popping game! I want it now!

DIY Paper Bag Printing

A Feteful Life: DIY Paper Bag PrintingFriday nights are my absolute favorite night of the week. A few months ago we started the tradition of having a family movie night and it is something that all of us look forward to every week. Last Friday I decided to change things up a bit and bring the movie theater into our home – popcorn, candy & soda. And, in order to keep the peace between my kids, I created these cute color coded popcorn bags.

I’ve been wanting to try printing on paper bags for a while and I was shocked to find out how simple it is once you figure out a few little tricks. First – Feed the paper bag into your printer face down with the bottom entering the printer first. This will help prevent any paper jams since it is the smoothest part of the bag; Second – once you create your design, make sure you mirror the image both horizontally and vertically. This needs to be done since you’re feeding the bag in from the bottom. Here are the templates for the popcorn bags (including a 5th color) with the design already mirrored for you. I used 5″x7.5″ craft treat bags like these.

A Feteful Life: DIY Paper Bag Printing

A Feteful Life: DIY Paper Bag Printing

 

 

 

Bourbon Caramel Popcorn

A Feteful Life: Bourbon Caramel Popcorn

I know, I know. Bourbon yesterday and bourbon today. But, over here at AFL, we love our booze AND we follow important food holidays. In case you are not quite so gastronomically-obsessed, we wanted to make sure you knew that this Sunday the 19th is National Popcorn Day! Because what better way to celebrate a FOOD holiday then with FOOD. I originally planned to make three different popcorn recipes to share, including (1) bacon and truffle salt; (2) bourbon caramel; and (3) sriracha ranch. I made the first and it turned out awful — way too much flavor competition — no one wanted to eat it. It had been a time consuming and not cheap recipe (truffle salt is EXPENSIVE) and I was not happy. Fortunately, my second recipe fared far better. Not surprisingly, bourbon + caramel = amazing. I should have started there, but instead, I knew well enough to stop there. I didn’t even attempt the sriracha ranch. So, here you have it. And even if you don’t eat popcorn (I generally don’t) or aren’t in the popcorn holiday mood, make yourself some bourbon caramel sauce. I can’t imagine it tasting less than amazing on anything. Ice cream, nuts, fruit. Heck make it just to eat all by itself.

Bourbon Caramel Popcorn (from Confessions of a Foodie Bride)

Ingredients
– 6 cups popped popcorn (the yield from 1/3 rounded cup of kernels)
– cooking spray or parchment paper
– 6 tbsp butter
– 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
– 3 tbsp light corn syrup
– heaping 1/4 tsp salt, plus more for sprinkling
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 4 tbsp bourbon

Directions
– Preheat oven to 300.
– Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray or line it with parchment. Have a rubber spatula handy.
– Heat the butter, sugar, molasses, corn syrup, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-hight heat, stirring frequently. Once the mixture comes to a boil, cook another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the whisky (watch for splatters) and vanilla.
– Stir and immediately pour over the popcorn. Use a rubber spatula to stir until the popcorn is nicely coated and then transfer to the baking sheet, spreading out to an even layer. Sprinkle with additional salt if desired.
– Bake for 35 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Let cool for about 15 minutes before eating.
A Feteful Life: Bourbon Caramel Popcorn
A Feteful Life: Bourbon Caramel Popcorn